Austin ISD Social Studies Weekly

September 12 - 18

Austin ISD Social Studies

Check out the Social Studies website for curriculum, resources, and announcements!

Celebrate Freedom Week and Constitution Day

Social studies secondary department chairs and elementary contacts should record documentation of campus observance of Constitution Day in the google form by September 30.


If you have any questions, please email Jessica Jolliffe.

HS SS Dept Chair Meeting THIS WEEK!

HS SS Department Chair meeting is THIS Wednesday Sept. 14 from 9-12 at Baker! Please sign up today on HCP, section # 80873. We pay for your 1/2 day substitute. If the chair is unable to come, please send a fellow teacher as your campus representative.


Also: US History District-Wide PLC meets THIS Wednesday from 1-4 at Baker! Please sign up today on HCP, section #80871. We will pay for your 1/2 day substitute!

2016 We the Students Essay Contest

Today is the launch of the 2016 We the Students Essay Contest. This contest features over $20,000 in prizes, and a grand prize of $5,000.


To win, students must answer the following question:



Does peaceful resistance to laws positively or negatively impact a free society?



Essays must be 500-800 words, and included cited sources.
Sign up for the We the Students Essay Contest here.

Please let your students know about this great opportunity!

Deadline is February 5, 2017!

Humanities Texas Fall 2016 Teacher Workshops

In the fall of 2016, Humanities Texas will hold professional development programs throughout the state for Texas social studies and language arts teachers.


The American Revolution

In October 2016, Humanities Texas will hold three one-day workshops in Austin, Houston, and Lufkin on the American Revolution.


Teaching the U.S. Constitution

In October 2016, Humanities Texas will hold two one-day teacher workshops in Fort Worth and Dallas focusing on teaching the U.S. Constitution.


Teaching and Understanding Poetry

On December 6-7, 2016, Humanities Texas will hold two one-day workshops in Houston and Dallas on strategies for teaching and understanding poetry.

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Austin ISD Secondary Social Studies

High School Specialist - Melanie Kirchhof


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